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  • Nigeria - Ebola: 20 cases, 8 fatalities (WHO Ebola Roadmap Response, September 24, 2014)


    FG intensifies surveillance on ebola virus, says official

    March 27, 2014 by NAN
    The Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday in Abuja said it has intensified surveillance to prevent the transmission of the ebola disease across the country. The ministry?s Chief Consultant Epidemiologist, Dr Akin Oyemakinde, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the current outbreak of the disease in Guinea necessitated the measures taken.
    Oyemakinde said the country?s port authorities? health care officers have been sensitised to identify individuals suspected of being with the disease?s symptoms, and notify the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
    ?There is no cure for the disease and no vaccine, and anybody with the disease will only get supportive therapy. Therefore preventing the disease from coming into Nigeria is paramount..
    ?Guinea is close to us, and there is a report that about 60 people have died from the disease. Now, every country is at alert because the disease is spreading to neighbouring countries.
    ?We have sent an alert to all State Commissioners for Health, with the attention of the state epidemiologists, to sensitise the public and the health workers,? he said.
    NAN reports that a recent UNICEF report says the haemorrhagic fever has spread quickly from southern Guinea, hundreds of kilometres away.
    A media report also stated that Sierra Leone?s Health Ministry said it was investigating two suspected cases of ebola.
    The World Health Organisation said the infection had emerged through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelopes and porcupines.
    These were those found dead or ill in the rain forest.
    ?Later, Ebola spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.
    ?Burial ceremonies where mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of ebola.
    ?Transmission through infected semen can occur up to seven weeks after clinical recovery,? it said
    Last edited by Emily; August 1, 2014, 06:34 PM. Reason: Title update - testing still unconfirmed for Ebola specifically

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    Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever

    hat tip Treyfish

    Undergraduate, 15, Dies Of Ebola Virus From Neighbour?s Monkey
    catherine agbo
    ? March 26, 2014
    A 15-year-old Medicine undergraduate of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, Temi Ilesanmi has died after she allegedly got infected with the Ebola Virus from a monkey belonging to a neighbour at her parent?s residence at Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.


    A family source, Mrs Olufunke Osunkoya, who spoke with LEADERSHIP in Abuja, yesterday, on behalf of the family, said trouble started early this month when the late Temi became afflicted with a strange kind of fever that defied treatment at the Federal Staff Hospital, Garki Hospital and National Hospital, all in Abuja.

    She said the deceased who was secreting blood from her nose and mouth as well as on her phlegm when she coughs or sneezes was later referred to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, where doctors diagnosed Ebola Haemorrhage Fever and she was later transferred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State.


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      Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever - ebola mentioned

      It may be possible, but additional cases may have been already emerged among close contacts and neighbors entered in contact with the presumed infected animal.


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        Minister dispels rumour of Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria

        30 March 2014, 09:29

        abuja - The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Saturday dispelled rumour of the outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria, saying surveillance has been intensified to prevent occurrence.

        A statement by Dan Nwomeh, the Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister, said that the attention of the ministry was drawn to a media report on the disease in Nasarawa State.
        "The report is not true and should be disregarded. The said case is yet to be diagnosed and confirmed as Ebola virus.

        "The general public should please note that the authority to confirm the outbreak of disease epidemics rests with the minister of health.
        It said that based on available information from the NCDC and the minister of health, there was no outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria.

        According to the statement, the Ebola virus does not the only cause of hemorrhagic fever; all suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever are subject to laboratory analysis and confirmation.
        - NAN


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          Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever - ebola mentioned

          The case has been confirmed due to dengue hemorrhagic fever, not Ebola:

          Minister of State for Health Dr. Khaliru Alhassan yesterday said the reported case of a lady dying of the Ebola virus was actually of Dengue hemorrhage fever.


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            Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever - ebola mentioned - dengue hemorrhagic fever confirmed

            Nigerian Government raises alert on Ebola virus

            Talatu Usman
            Published: April 9,2014

            ?Nigeria is in danger? of Ebola virus, the health minister said.

            The Ebola Virus Disease, which has caused the death of scores of people in Central and West Africa may be heading towards Nigeria, the Federal Government has said.
            Speaking to journalists after the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, on Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, however, said no case of the disease has been reported in Nigeria.
            Mr. Chukwu explained that both Ebola and Lassa fever could be spread through animals.

            ?We know what spreads infection for Lassa is a special type of rat in Nigeria; the ones for Ebola are bats that even some Nigerians see it as bush meat.

            ?And bats eat fruits as well and so sometimes if you go and pluck fruits that they have contaminated with the virus so someone can get infected.?

            The minister advised Nigerians to take their personal hygiene seriously.

            Full text:


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              Lagos warns on Ebola virus

              Lagos warns on Ebola virus

              Posted by: Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha
              in News Update
              9 hours ago

              Following the alarming increase in the number of cases and deaths resulting from the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) in some of the neighboring West African countries, the Lagos State Government has urged residents of the state to observe and maintain high standard of personal and environmental hygiene.

              The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris in a statement on Sunday said precautionary measures were necessary to prevent the outbreak of the disease.

              Necessary measures according to the Commissioner include washing of hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and ensuring that objects used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed off to reduce the risk of infection.

              Dr. Idris said the preventive measures are not limited to residents alone, but, health workers who he said should also be at alert.

              He advised them to wear personal protective equipment, observe universal basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry of Health immediately.


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                Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever - ebola mentioned - dengue hemorrhagic fever confirmed

                ?Ebola, a time bomb Nigerians must prevent?
                | 24.Jul.2014 |Sade Oguntola

                Project Director, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi has called on all Nigerians to be proactive in preventing Ebola, a deadly disease that is without cure or vaccine, which he described as a time bomb.
                He said people should report anybody that travels into Nigeria from countries where ebola fever is now experienced, who developed fever to a medical centre.

                The expert, noting that the disease was best prevented from getting into Nigeria, stated that in the last seven months, deaths from Ebola fever was about 80 per cent of all recorded deaths in East Africa.

                Professor Nasidi urged that the viral disease should not be allowed to take Nigeria by surprise said that Ebola fever kills between 50 and 90 per cent of its victims.
                According to him, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had set up six treatment centres in different parts of the country to be able to respond promptly in case it occurs.

                Emeritus Professor Ayodele Falase, the chairman at the event said Ebola fever, was a disease that could also depopulate the health sector in Nigeria, adding that it was a death sentence.


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                  Re: Nigeria - Media report of a death from hemorrhagic fever - ebola mentioned - dengue hemorrhagic fever confirmed

                  Liberian man in Nigeria's Lagos being tested for Ebola

                  Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:57pm GMT

                  LAGOS (Reuters) - A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.
                  This would be the first recorded case of one of the world's deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and most populous nation, with 170 million people and some of Africa's least adequate health infrastructure.


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                    Re: Nigeria - Ebola: Liberian man in Lagos being tested

                    Lagos State Confirms Possible Case Of Ebola Virus

                    The Lagos State Government has confirmed a possible case of Ebola Virus, which is been currently investigated while treatment is on for the 40 year old Liberian, who is now a suspect, and a possible 30 others who may have had contact.

                    Officials of the government in a briefing noted that the 40 year old Liberian is in a private hospital in the Obalende area of the State.

                    The officials also noted that the hospital housing the Liberian has been cordoned off and the victim isolated.
                    By Channels Television|July 24th, 2014|

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                      Re: Nigeria - Ebola: Liberian man in Lagos being tested

                      Liberian man being tested for Ebola after collapsing in Lagos

                      Source: Reuters - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55 GMT
                      The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man had collapsed on arrival in Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said.

                      "The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola) infection, while blood sample collection and testing was initiated," she said in her statement.

                      Samples had been sent to a World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory in Dakar, she said, adding that "results are pending."
                      Adeshina said Lagos state authorities had requested a flight manifest and would be contacting all the other passengers to warn them of the risk. They would also be tracing any places the passenger had been, and had already distributed protective clothing to health workers, she said.

                      (Writing by Tim Cocks, editing by Jeremy Gaunt, Larry King)

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                        Re: Nigeria - Ebola: Liberian man in Lagos being tested

                        Not confirmed

                        Lagos Discovers First Case of Ebola Virus

                        25 Jul 2014

                        The Lagos State Government yesterday alerted the public that a Liberian national, suspected to have the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was detected in a private hospital in the state last Tuesday.

                        In a swift move, the federal government was said to have deployed a team of high-profile medical practitioners to the state to detect deadly virus.

                        The Special Adviser on Public Health to the state government, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, disclosed this at a news conference which she addressed alongside the Project Director of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, among others at the Folarin Coker Staff Clinic, Alausa.

                        At the conference, Adeshina gave details about the suspected case of the virus, which she said were obtained from the private health facility where the patient was taken in Lagos.

                        She said the patient was “a 40-year-old national of Liberia working for a West African organisation in Monrovia. He arrived in Lagos on a flight from Monrovia via Lome on Sunday at about 4 p.m.”

                        The special adviser explained that the history of the patient “revealed that he had no contact with any case of the virus, did not visit any person with the virus in the hospital neither did he partake in the burial of any person who died of the virus.”

                        But Adeshina said a high index of suspicion was raised on account of his working and living in an endemic region for the virus like Liberia and the presentation of non-specific constitutional symptoms and signs of fever, malaise, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea among other symptoms associated with the virus.

                        She said the patient’s condition “is stable and recovering. The diarrhea and vomiting has stopped. Intravenous infusion has also been stopped and he is now tolerating by mouth; while the health facility has since initiated universal safety precautionary measures to prevent spread of the disease and guaranteed the safety of other patients.”

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                          Ebola Kills Liberian in Lagos in Nigeria’s First Case of Disease

                          By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo and Yinka Ibukun Jul 25, 2014 9:32 AM CT

                          A Liberian made died of Ebola in the city of Lagos as Nigeria recorded its first case of the hemorrhagic fever, said Abdulsalami Nasidi, project director at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

                          “Suspicion was raised” after the man, who arrived in Lagos on July 20, showed symptoms similar to those of Ebola when he arrived Lagos, Yewande Adeshina, Lagos state adviser on public health, said in an e-mailed statement today.


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                            Suspected Ebola victim dies in quarantine in Nigeria

                            Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:57pm GMT

                            GENEVA, July 25 (Reuters) - A Liberian man suspected to have Ebola virus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerian official in Geneva told Reuters on Friday.
                            "While he was in quarantine he passed away," the official said.

                            (Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay, Larry King)


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                              Re: Nigeria - Ebola: Liberian man in Lagos being tested dies

                              Liberian with Ebola-like symptoms dies

                              2014-07-25 15:10

                              Lagos - A Liberian man hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms has died, an official said Friday, without confirming the virus was the cause of his death.

                              The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital after suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
                              "The Liberian man has died," said a source with the Lagos state health ministry who requested anonymity. "We are still investigating the circumstances of his death."

                              The patient's blood samples have been sent to a lab in Lagos and the World Health Organization in Dakar. Lagos officials said results from a third lab outside Nigeria must come back before a final determination on Ebola can be made.
                              Yewande Adeshina, special adviser on health for the Lagos government, said "the immediate concern was not to create panic".

                              She said an emergency response has been rolled out, including efforts to find "those who might have had direct contact with the man in order to prevent the risks of infection."

                              However, she declined to comment on what type of infection they were trying to prevent.
                              Experts say that limiting the spread of the virus in a chaotic mega-city poses added complications compared to infections in more rural areas.
                              - AFP